Tears and Laughter, Storms and Waves

Happy Friday! It’s time for another Seven Quick Takes with my friend Kelly. This week has been full to overflowing! I missed doing last week’s quick takes because I ran away from home with my friends. Before running away, we had a photoshoot, filled with both tears and laughter,...

Take Heart

This past week marked one year since the “two weeks to flatten the curve” restrictions. I’m not going to debate the validity of these restrictions here. The many cancelations and postponements impacted our children and families in big ways. I am not an “expert” but I do think the...

Growing up, outgrowing, and getting older

This week has been extra busy with an additional ballet practice due to performance this weekend. While the production will be a little smaller and in a different venue, Madilynn is very excited to perform the dance they’ve been working on since August. Truthfully, I think she’s also ready...

How building a website is like having another baby

This week, I’ve been working on our Wavemaker website, in addition to everything else. In some ways, it’s just like having a new baby.  Building a website requires focus and attention. Babies will roll or scoot away from you the moment you turn your head. Websites won’t move without...

Lessons from Pollyanna

Another book finished! Madilynn and I greatly enjoy our time listening to stories together. I’m providing a classical education in the form of entertainment. The best part is sharing a love for reading as we imagine the lives of the characters while spending hours together in the car. Pollyanna...

Giving in Grief

Grief is an ever-changing companion that no one wants, yet walks beside many. Some allow that grief to be all-consuming, focusing only on the negative effects of loss. Loss is tragic, not to be minimized, and grief is a process of dealing with that loss. Unlike an illness, grief...

Dissecting the Unexpected

We’ve thawed out since last week and our activities resumed. After the sub-zero temperatures, we bounced back up to the 70s, then down to the 30s, and we’re looking forward to another day of summer this weekend. Texas is not known for having “normal” seasons. For February, this is...

Wordy Wednesday

Among my friends, I’m “the word girl.” As we develop our ministry, I tweak the wording in our invitations and graphics. One of my gifts is painting a picture with words. Often, I am able to do this when others struggle with finding the right words.  The right words...

Lessons from A Little Princess

Listening to books with Madilynn is such a blessing. We both get to “read” more as I introduce her to classic stories with good morals and life lessons. Madilynn makes connections between the characters and herself. She gets involved in the story as she would playing with a friend....

Seven Frozen Takes

This week the country experienced a winter storm caused by a polar vortex. In Texas, we aren’t used to sub-zero temperatures. Since this is not “normal,” our systems couldn’t handle the effects. We were fortunate not to lose power, water, or have frozen pipes.  When you look at the...